Handmade Gem

Stafford, United Kingdom · 82 Sales


Handmade Gem

Stafford, United Kingdom 82 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   Hello and welcome along to Handmade Gem. In my shop you will find various glass items such as homeware, one-off fused glass paintings, seasonal decorations & jewellery. These are all created in my home studio in Stafford, England. Thanks for popping by, please feel free to come back anytime.


Last updated on Mar 20, 2016

Hello and welcome along to Handmade Gem. In my shop you will find various glass items such as homeware, one-off fused glass paintings, seasonal decorations & jewellery. These are all created in my home studio in Stafford, England. Thanks for popping by, please feel free to come back anytime.

Gemma Donegan

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Gemma Donegan


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
Caroline McLeod

Caroline McLeod on Jan 28, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful item, arrived quickly as described. Very happy with my purchase, I'll certainly be back soon.

Katrina Chaffe

Katrina Chaffe on Jan 12, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

The sweetest, cutest reindeer decoration ever X

Smara Wright

Smara Wright on Oct 6, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

So beautifully made! I honestly couldn't be happier with them!! Very well packaged, all arrived safely! Will definitely be making future purchases .. Thanks so much! :) <3

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My background in glass...

I'm a glass designer / maker based in a little town called Stafford in the UK although originally from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire. I design handmade glass items such as homeware, jewellery and one-off hand painted fused glass pictures.

I've always been fascinated with the idea of creating. From an early age all I wanted to do was draw and paint. I remember when I was little our parents coming up with an idea of having a ‘drawing competition’ for me and my friends - presumably to keep us quiet for 10 minutes! Although in the rules of fairness there never really was a winner but it never stopped us trying to impress our tiresome folks.

I began working with glass in 2003 as I studied at the University of Wolverhampton. It was here that my passion for the material erupted! I actually specialised in glass blowing, I was only after my studies that I gravitated towards fused glass. Prior to University I'd never worked with glass before but there was something about it that that excited me. The way it behaved when heated up and cooled down (sometimes – not on purpose!) was amazing.

I decided to take a short course in glass fusing and painting a few years ago. It’s here where I begin working with glass enamels. In turn this has lead me onto finding my own style and creating beautiful landscape paintings that I feel very passionate about. I love the freedom of working with this medium. It gives me the ability to add finer details to my work.

I take my inspiration from a number of sources; places I visited as a child, unique holidays or places I will hopefully one day visit as well as the glass itself. I also have a great love of black and white photography which has influenced the style of my work. I create my black and white pictures by hand painting with glass enamels. Depending on the piece I will sometimes overlay glass frit on the base layer to build up the first layer of colour. I then paint multiple layers by hand piece firing each layer individually ready for the next. On some pieces this means they could be fired up to 6-7 times to create the final picture.

My volcanic themed pictures are created using specially selected Bullseye glass. I always try to source glass that best illustrates my ideas and work with it to create unique backgrounds to build upon. Alternatively I create a background colour from scratch with the use of glass frits. I then use these again to establish detail as I build up the layers and create depth within the piece. My trips to the Aeolian Islands and their powerful volcanoes inspired me to begin this body of work. On my last trip I took a trek up to the crater of Stromboli to experience first-hand its glorious natural fireworks.

I’m happy to create custom pieces. If you see something you like in my Etsy shop but you would prefer a different colour or style just get in touch via Etsy convos and we can discuss custom making something just for you! I’ll always do my very best to try and accommodate.

Thanks for your interest in my work.


Shop members

  • Gemma Donegan

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Ever since I was a kid I've wanted to do something creative! Etsy has helped me do this. I work full time in an office along side running my Etsy shop. I hope one day to be able to create my glass full time! *dreams...*

Shop policies

Last updated on September 29, 2015
Hello and welcome along to Handmade Gem. I make various glass items such as homeware, jewellery and one off hand painted fused glass pictures. These are all created in my home studio in Stafford, England.
To have a look at some of my recent work please use the link below.

Thanks for your interest.

Accepted payment methods

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- Paypal automatically works out the exchange rate for the currency in your country
- I accept Etsy gift cards!
- All payments to be made at the time of ordering (if payment hasn't been received within 3 days and no communication has been made within this time, your order will be cancelled and the item(s) will be re-listed).
All items will be shipped within 1-2 working days from receiving payment.

All items sent within the UK are sent using either Royal Mail or My Hermes courier service depending on the size. Smaller items are sent via Royal Mail 2nd class. Larger items will be sent via My Hermes and will require a signature on delivery. Please note if you require something urgently just let me know and I will work out the extra cost to send it ASAP.

All items sent outside of the UK are sent using Royal Mail International. Larger items (orders over £20) will require a signature on delivery.

Delivery Aim
UK 2-3 working days
Europe 3-5 working days
USA and Canada 5-7 working days
Rest of the world 5-7 working days

Please note no signature will be required on delivery of smaller items (orders under £20). If you would like your order sent that does require a signature or tracking information please let me know and I will work out the extra cost for you.

I am not responsible for any duty taxes (check with your local customs office if you are not sure what the rates are).

International packages can occasionally get stuck in customs so please be patient.

Please make sure your PayPal address matches your Etsy address or contact me if you would prefer the item to be sent to an alternative address.

All items are sent securely boxed and wrapped in bubble wrap and marked as fragile. I make every effort to make sure your item arrives with you safely.

If you’re purchasing your item as a gift and would like it gift wrapping, please let me know and I’d be happy to at no extra cost!
Refunds and Exchanges
Customer satisfaction is very important to me, I go to great lengths to photograph and list items as accurately as possible. I sincerely hope you are thrilled with your purchase.

If you are not 100% happy with your purchase simply return it within 10 days (unworn and in its original packaging) and I will gladly issue a refund. Please note that you will be responsible for the return shipping charge. Contact me via Etsy convos to let me know the item is being returned. I would recommend using a parcel service that provides a tracking number. I cannot be held responsible for any damage or loss occurred during transportation.

If you would like to exchange it for an alternative item then please follow the same procedure as above. I am happy to exchange unwanted items in the same manner but please be aware that you be responsible for the postage.

In the unlikely event that an item arrives damaged, or there is a problem with your order, please contact me immediately via Etsy convos so that I will have an opportunity to work with you to rectify the problem. I will gladly refund or resend your item if it arrives damaged. I would kindly ask you to submit photographic proof via Etsy convos of the damaged item, so that I may assess the situation and take appropriate action accordingly.

Please note no returns and/or refunds after 10 days from delivery date.

All items must be returned unworn, in original packaging
Additional policies and FAQs
I'm happy to accept custom orders, please feel free to get in touch.

If you’re interested in an item that's no longer available - please get in touch as I'd be happy to re-create something especially for you.

Please note my glass is not dishwasher safe, I recommend wiping it clean with a damp cloth.

Although I do take great care when photographing my work please note colours may appear slightly different on your computer monitor.

I encourage you to visit the Feedback section once you receive your item, as this lets me know your item arrived safely and all is well.

Still in doubt... Please feel free convo me and I will be happy to discuss any questions you might have!